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  • Best Boss Ever!

    – Back to leadership basics in 2022 Why did 2021 leave us with so many work environment leadership challenges that none of us saw coming at the beginning of 2020? We’re struggling to manage a blended (at home / at the office) workforce and either losing workers as part of the Great Resignation (yeah, that was predictable) or trying to entice talent we let go during the pandemic to come back to our company. That’s what most of us are facing in 2022. What worked in 2019 didn’t work in 2020. What worked in 2020 didn’t work in 2021. What in the world can me make work in 2022? The…

  • Competition vs Collaboration

    – “Can we all get along?” Rodney King III Is your performance management system identifying your organization’s best leaders or it’s best doers? Are they being rewarded for their individual performance, or are they being recognized for how successful they’re making their team? Do they get ahead by being competitive and striving to be the best, or do you value and promote those who collaborate and strive to make the company its best? I’ve got the stick for a minute.

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  • HELP!

          The Beatles had it right: “Help! I need somebody. Help! Not just anybody. Help! You know I need someone, help!” The conversation starts with: “Can I do something to help?” And the reply is usually: “No thanks; I’ve got it.” Sound familiar? At the office? At home? Yes, that short conversation takes place millions of times every day across this country in the workplace, in stores, in the kitchen, between co-workers, bosses and employees (both directions), spouses, and parents and their children – basically anywhere two people are interested in a particular outcome. In the workplace, we certainly don’t expect our employees to know everything. Yet because…

  • Low Employee Engagement isn’t the Problem…

      …Low leadership engagement is. Not long ago, I received a request for comment about employee engagement being at a record high. That seemed like an odd request, since almost everything I’ve read in recent memory was lamenting dismal engagement survey results. Poking around some, I found that employee engagement soared to its highest level in five years – a whopping 37% last October – rebounding again in February 2017 to 36.7%, only to fall back to 33% at the end of August. In other words, it sucks. If there are any managers or leaders out there that think having two-thirds of your workforce disengaged, I’d love to get paid for…

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  • Confessions of a Recovering Perfectionist

    Several years ago, my sister gave me a book about how to deal with the controlling perfectionists in our lives. She said I might benefit from an impartial description of — get this — me. Ouch. Okay, so I only had two standards: perfect and unacceptable. That didn’t make me a bad person did it?

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